George Eliot quote about failure from Middlemarch - Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.
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Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.
 George Eliot, Middlemarch (1872). copy citation

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Author George Eliot
Source Middlemarch
Topic failure striving perseverance
Date 1872
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/145/145-h/145-h.htm

Context

“I am not in a position to express my feeling toward Mr. Casaubon: it would be at best a pensioner's eulogy.»
«Pray excuse me,» said Dorothea, coloring deeply. «I am aware, as you say, that I am in fault in having introduced the subject. Indeed, I am wrong altogether. Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.»
«I quite agree with you,» said Will, determined to change the situation—«so much so that I have made up my mind not to run that risk of never attaining a failure. Mr. Casaubon's generosity has perhaps been dangerous to me, and I mean to renounce the liberty it has given me.” source

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